‘It is all hands on deck for knowledge institutions’, says Annemieke Galema. Director of Research & Valorisation at the University of Groningen. ‘By 1 June next, a large part of the national knowledge-investment agenda will have been set, affecting research and innovation for the next several years.’
At the end of last year, the National Research Agenda (NRA) was published, comprising 140 cluster questions and
16 example pathways
through those questions. These pathways are the instrument through which the NRA aims to transform society’s important academic, societal and economic issues into researchable themes, and they are being designed at this moment. Using these pathways, the knowledge coalition will set a long-term investment agenda for academic research, which will be completed in the summer of 2016.
When designing a pathway, it is important to exchange ideas with researchers from different disciplines. This exchange will take place in the form of workshops. The steering committee has set
Terms of Reference (TOR)
for the envisioned yield of the pathways. The results from the pathway workshops must be available to the steering committee by 1 June.
Galema: ‘What started two years ago as an innovative way of involving citizens more in research is now developing into a knowledge-investment agenda with consequences for universities in general and for our researchers in particular. The pathways are reflected, for example, in the NWO programming, the gravitation programme for excellent research and the national roadmap for infrastructure.’
The first step in designing the pathways will be to mobilise a preparatory group for each pathway. The NRA steering committee has divided the organization of the pathway workshops across the parties involved in the knowledge coalition, making a distinction between flagship organizers, lead organizers and co-organizers. Currently, the NRA secretariat is matching names to each of these roles . Applications for participation in any of these workshops do not run through the NRA secretariat but through the organizers of the individual pathway workshops themselves.
Alongside the 16 pathways proposed by the NRA steering committee, three new research pathways have recently been added:
, Quantum Nano and Sustainable Development Goals. I t is also possible for anyone who wants to to design new pathways
. The steering committee will use the results of the pathway workshops to determine how the pathways, both old and new, can inspire additional investments in academia.
Galema: ‘The University of Groningen needs to be prominently present at the relevant pathway workshops in the next few months in order to position its research and valorization profile within the themes. If not, we will miss the boat. Let this be a call, mainly to the faculties, to make sure that they are represented in the pathway workshops and, if possible, to design additional research programmes for submission during the workshops or to the steering committee of the National Research Agenda. The first workshops have already started, so time is running short.’
29 March 2016/April date t.b.a.
30 March 2016
Responsible use of Big Data
5 April 2016
The circular economy and raw material efficiency
6 & 8 April
5 & 26 April 2016
The origins of life
8 April 2016
Between conflict and cooperation
15 April 2016
Brain, cognition and behaviour: learning, developing and evolving
Art: research and innovation in the 21st century
Smart liveable cities
20 April 2016
Te quality of our surroundings: the value(s) of nature & climate
10 May 2015
Health care research, prevention and treatment
18 May 2016
Building blocks of matter
22 March 2016
Resilient and meaningful societies
11 March & 22 April
To be announced
Logistics and Transport in an energetic, innovative and sustainable society
Sustainable Development goals
Has already taken place
If you are planning on designing a new pathway, please first contact Wim de Haas at the NRA secretariat.
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